Once again, I've let forever go by with nary a word to those of you kind enough
to have signed up to this newsletter. And there are all sorts of things I could
and should have been telling you.
Like how a new book is coming out next spring from Penguin Canada, my first
Canadian publisher. Under My Skin (book one of The Wildlings series) should be
on the shelves (in Canada) in March 2012.
We expect to be at the Ontario Library Association meeting in Toronto February
3rd and 4th to promote it, and we'll also attend the Canadian Razorbill launch
(in Toronto) April 19th and 20th. We'll put a cover image and details about
those events on my website when we have them. For those of you elsewhere in the
world, we don't yet know who will publish this series beyond Canada's borders
(it's hitting editors' desks as I write), but we're hopeful that it will find a
fantastic home in the States and abroad.
We'll go to Toronto again later next year because I'll be a guest at the World
Fantasy Convention from November 1-4. We've missed attending WFC these past few
years so it'll be great to catch up with readers, friends and colleagues next
In February 2012, Tachyon is publishing a trade paperback of my early novel Eyes
Like Leaves, minus all the errors that plagued the hardcover edition. I'm still
not sure why all the typos and such weren't corrected by its first publisher,
but thankfully, Tachyon has gone through the text with a fine-tooth comb, so
it's sure to be a far more pleasant read.
The past year has been good to us in terms of travels. Besides having visited
Tucson last March for the Tucson Festival of Books, MaryAnn and I have
especially enjoyed meeting up with the faerie community at FaerieWorlds and
FaerieCon. These lovely folks have welcomed us with open arms and their
gatherings are the most positive events that we've ever attended. The music
alone is fabulous. Last summer, among other great acts, FaerieWorlds in Eugene,
OR had Solas on stage, and we've just heard that this year Lunasa will play.
These events are musical festivals with faerie aspects attached, and it's the
perfect blend of music and magic.
In fact, we'll see Abney Park this coming February when we'll fly to Seattle for
FaerieCon West for more music and merriment. There's no formal schedule yet, but
I expect during the weekend I'll be on a couple of panels, we'll play a set of
music and also have a booth in the marketplace where we can meet people and sign
books. With luck I'll have copies of the new Eyes Like Leaves on hand, and
perhaps even Under My Skin, but that's a long shot as I'm not sure what date
it's being released in February.
MaryAnn and I will probably also make at least one public library appearance
while we're in the Seattle/Kirkland area. Details are still being worked out,
so we'll update the appearances page on my website when we have them.
Speaking of my website, we're having a Christmas sale there. Until December
9th, you can buy our CDs at half price, just in time for the holidays. This
sale price is only available for purchases made via my site. MaryAnn and I will
happily dedicate and/or sign your CDs if you wish, but do remember to include
the name of the recipient with your order (use the "Instructions to Merchant"
box at Paypal). By the way, you don't need to join Paypal to use it to pay
safely by credit card.
Also in music-related news, I'm delighted to mention that "Cherokee Girl" -- the
song I wrote for Terri Windling -- has had more than 8,000 views thus far. You
can view it on the main page of my website (link above).
We would love to get back into the studio to record more as soon as we pay off
expenses associated with Old Blue Truck and Crow Girls. You are helping us get
there, so thanks for your support for our music.
Back to book news, this summer I completed a massive expansion of my picture
book A Circle of Cats, adding some 40,000 words to Lillian's adventures, and
giving it a new title, The Cats of Tanglewood Forest. The novel is now in
Charles Vess's capable hands, where he is creating 50 new paintings for the
novel. The book will be published by Little, Brown as a middle grade novel in
January 2013. That's some time down the road, but the other Charles needs time
to make his own magic. Let me show you a teaser: a preliminary sketch that
Charles did of Lillian (as a kitten) encountering the bottle witch, Old Mother
MaryAnn and I have contributed several items to The Color of Angels: Magick 4
Terri -- a benefit auction for Terri Windling, who has been coping with health
and legal issues that have drained her financial resources at a critical time.
So many people are coming together to give back to Terri, who has been the most
important influence on the fantasy community of our generation.
Our friend Shane Odom created a lovely art video using Terri's imagery and
MaryAnn's music to spread the word about the auction. You can view it at my
public Facebook page:
The Magick 4 Terri auction is here: www.magick4terri.livejournal.com
A last note about books. Many of my readers have been asking when my older
books will be available as e-books. Some are already available at Amazon and
Barnes & Noble, but many aren't. MaryAnn and I are working on rectifying this
when we're not writing and editing, but we want to do it properly. There's a
sharp learning curve in designing an e-book that meets professional standards,
so it's taking some time. But please be assured that we're not ignoring the
e-book enthusiasts and we're doing our best with our limited time and
For those of you who remain steadfastly committed to paper books, we feel your
pain and sympathize, but I fear that the days of the paper books and independent
booksellers may well be numbered. At the very least, we'll try to ensure that
future e-books will also be available as print-on-demand books.
Thanks for your patience and we'll keep you posted on our progress.
So that's about it for now. I won't make promises that I'll suddenly turn a
leaf and produce a series of timely newsletters from now on. But I will try to
be more proactive with it.
In the meantime, for more up-to-date information on a regular basis, you can
find me on Twitter, MySpace, or the public page that MaryAnn and I maintain at:
If I don't get back to you before the end of the year, MaryAnn, Johnny, Clare
and I wish you and your families the best for the season and a new year filled
with health, happiness, hope and peace. Remember to make time for play, and be
sure to take care of one another.